first_imgBy Art Marroquin STAFF WRITER Coastal winds and choppy waters kept rescue teams busy aiding passengers aboard about a dozen distressed boats off the South Bay coast Friday, including a schooner with 35 children on board. At least two vessels took on water, while seasick passengers and inexperienced captains required assistance on other boats, according to authorities. Although wreaking havoc at sea, the winds caused few problems on land aside from the occasional downed tree and dust storm. Today is expected to be more calm. The children – along with seven adults – were rescued from the 130-foot schooner that took on 18inches of water when a seam burst about 7 miles offshore San Pedro, authorities said. The American Pride was returning from a five-day educational excursion to Catalina Island, according to Helen Clinton, executive director of the Yorba Linda-based Children’s Maritime Foundation, which operates the ship. “The weather just got the best of us,” said boat Capt. Greg Clinton after the boat safely reached land. “But the kids seemed to be loving it. They were whooping and hollering, and fortunately nobody was injured.” Another tall-masted ship apparently stopped and passed along a water pump to assist the American Pride, according to Capt. Manny Aschemeyer, executive director of the Marine Exchange of California. Escorted into Long Beach by a contingent of fire boats, Coast Guard cutters and news helicopters, the ship made its way safely back to Rainbow Harbor around 2:30 p.m. – nearly two hours after the initial call for assistance. The vessel was able to power itself back to shore. “A few people probably lost their lunch, but considering the danger, it ended well,” Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Will Nash said. The ship will likely be dry-docked while it undergoes repairs, Helen Clinton said. In a separate incident a short time later, rescuers from Baywatch Avalon and the U.S. Coast Guard oversaw efforts to save two people aboard a 23-foot sailboat that was also taking on water about 16 miles south of the Port of Los Angeles, Munoz said. The boat, which had lost contact for some time with rescuers, was traveling on its own power and returned to Long Beach later in the afternoon, Munoz said. No injuries were reported. By midafternoon county lifeguards had responded to about a dozen other distress calls. “People get out there, they exceed their level of expectations and they encounter some real rough seas,” said lifeguard Chief Mickey Gallagher. “They panic more than anything and they don’t know what to do.” Making matters worse, many inexperienced boaters had set sail for Catalina to take part in the annual Buccaneer Days pirate festival at the Isthmus, which drew more than 7,000 revelers last year. Conditions seemed benign at the mainland, Gallagher said, but boaters encountered winds of 30 mph about 3 to 4 miles offshore. Gallagher described the conditions as “real rough,” causing boaters to become seasick as water crashed over their vessels. “It’s like you are in a washing machine slopping back and forth,” he said. Meanwhile, at the Redondo Beach Yacht Club, a group of sailors’ dreams of attending the pirate party Friday night were dashed by the white water whipping up in the channel. “It’s totally gnarly out there,” said Wes Houston, owner of South Bay Sailing in Redondo Beach. “Everyone is just sitting here waiting for the weather to break so they can go to Catalina,” he said. “Usually there would be droves going out there – especially on a holiday weekend like this, but everyone I know was smart enough not to sail today.” Two Harbors resident Chris Peterson described the festival’s epicenter as being filled with anchored boats with masts swinging violently. “The wind is whipping around town and dust is blowing everywhere, but there’s still a bunch of pirates here having a good time anyway,” Peterson said. “I bet there’s a lot of pirates stuck on the mainland wishing they would have left on Thursday.” Elsewhere, lifeguards joined Coast Guard officers in towing boats back to Marina del Rey, Redondo Beach and San Pedro harbors. No one needed treatment for any injuries. No boats sank, but a large sailboat off Malibu lost its steering and required a tow to Marina del Rey. High winds also downed a 60-foot tree in Harbor Gateway at 3 p.m. on 190th Street east of Western Avenue. Winds reached 30 mph with gusts reaching up to 40 mph, said Ken Clark, a senior meteorologist at Accuweather. Accuweather and the National Weather Service said the winds were caused by a fast-moving low-pressure system traveling down the coast from Alaska. “The good news is this is kind of a one-day event,” Clark said. Winds will die down and temperatures will warm up this weekend as a high-pressure system moves in. As of late Friday, Southern California Edison had not received reports of power outages related to the wind, spokesman Gil Alexander said. The Goodyear blimp stayed tethered in Carson all day, despite a scheduled trip to Pasadena as a test run for today’s UCLA football game against Notre Dame. But Bob Urhausen, the airship public relations manager, said that’s not unusual. Utility companies reported no damage in the South Bay, but a resident near Knoll Hill in San Pedro said the afternoon wind kicked up a significant dust storm on the hill overlooking Los Angeles Harbor, sending dirt and debris into nearby homes through windowsill cracks. As for the young passengers on the American Pride, school administrators ordered them to avoid speaking to the media, although several gave an enthusiastic thumbs-up as they marched off the ship and onto chartered buses. Staff writers Larry Altman, Megan Bagdonas, Paul Eakins, Laura E. Davis, Kristopher Hanson and Donna Littlejohn contributed to this article. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img Toby Alderweireld 1 Southampton are expecting to complete a deal for Toby Alderweireld after Atletico Madrid failed to cancel the buy-out clause in time.The 26-year-old spent a highly-successful season on loan at St Mary’s last season after finding playing time limited at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.Alderweireld’s performances have led to interest from the likes of Tottenham, with reports on Sunday suggesting that Spurs had agreed a deal with the Spanish club.However, Southampton remain confident of signing the Belgium international for a cut-price £6.8million, the buy-out clause which formed part of his loan.The La Liga side had the option to cancel it by paying Saints a £1.5million fee, but it is understood they did not do so in time.As such, Southampton believe they are entitled to sign the defender and could even look at a legal argument should he sign elsewhere.last_img read more

first_imgChampionDONEGAL’S Ryan McHugh has been named the RTE Sunday Game/Supervalu Man of the Match.And the first to agree was his big brother Mark – in a Tweet from New York – which read: “Absolutely buzzin..! Might be a bit biased but for me @McHughRyan is my man of the match ..well done lads ! Enjoy the victory..#DonegalAbu”One Kilcar brother was certainly supporting the other. And the Sunday Game panel including Owen Mulligan and Tomas O Se (the great Tomas O Se) went for Ryan for his overall contribution to the win over Monaghan.Ryan is pictured above celebrating. MARK McHUGH SAYS BROTHER RYAN WAS MAN OF THE MATCH – AND RTE AGREES! was last modified: July 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Man Of The MatchMark McHughMonaghanRyan McHughlast_img read more

first_img How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Latest Liverpool news Lyon superstar Nabil Fekir could still join Liverpool this summer. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The French midfielder scored 18 goals and made eight assists last season. Personal terms also appeared to have been worked out but on June 9 the Ligue 1 side announced the deal was off.Lyon confidently said they would be able to count on their player in 2018/19, despite later reports suggesting Fekir had been offered to Chelsea and Tottenham. Liverpool’s could still complete the signing of Lyon superstar Nabil Fekir this summer, the player’s agent has suggsted.A transfer looked set to be completed prior to the World Cup 2018 but fell through at the last moment despite a £50million fee being agreed between the two clubs. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won huge blow RANKED Now, though, the saga has taken another twist with his agent Jean-Pierre Bernes telling La Chaine Info: “He didn’t sign because uh, it is not over! This is not the end of the story.”The proposed move to Liverpool was thought to have collapsed due to fears over Fekir’s fitness.A serious injury knee injury limited his appearances in the 2015/16 Ligue 1 campaign.However, this season he was back to his best, scoring 18 goals and creating eight in the French top-flight. 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED predicted Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED 2 smart causal silverware possible standings Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

first_imgThe Brazilian was not alone. Promising midfield pivot Aleix Garcia made the odd appearance too, but as the 2017-18 season hit the crunch phase he more often than not missed out on the squad – despite Girona clearly having heavy legs and needing extra bodies.There were doubts over whether either of the two would return to Montilivi after their slow year. “I don’t think I would have come back had (former Girona coach) Machin stayed,” Luiz admitted when his new loan was confirmed earlier in September. He had hoped to stay at City, and when that didn´t happen it still took some convincing on Girona’s part to tease him back to Catalonia.The change in coach is what has really changed everything. Former Barcelona B and Real Sociedad manager Eusebio Sacristan taking charge of the Blanc-i-vermells meant the introduction of a more possession-based style that favours the kind of youngsters City have more than the end-to-end system Machin adopted. With investment in new signings almost non-existent, sporting director Quique Cárcel knew that some of those borrowed players would be the best possible option for the new boss in a tight economic situation. For Garcia the change is drastic, having appeared in every one of Girona’s league games this season. The biggest stamp of approval yet was a starting berth against Barcelona. Trusted as one of the deep midfielders in a role that is hugely important to the patient, build-from-the-back approach of Eusebio, he has made it clear that he wants to “make life difficult” for the manager and give him a selection headache by working hard.For Luiz, things have also quickly changed. His late, surprise return at the end of the summer window looked like it would make little difference until the sale of midfielder David Timor to Las Palmas meant a hole in the squad opened up. The Brazilian was rewarded with a full 90 minutes in a thrilling 3-2 win over Eusebio’s old team Celta on September 17th, and he responded with an adequate performance.A further reward came against Barcelona. With the Blaugrana down to 10 men and Girona leading, their manager looked to Luiz in an effort to add someone capable of playing a smart first-time ball and leading the counter-attacks that were inevitable when Barça chased the game. The visitors held on to take a first ever point from the Barcelona ground with a performance described as “heroic and historic” by Diari de Girona journalist Carles Rosell. A night City’s young loanees won´t forget any time soon. Spending last season at Manchester City’s sister club Girona didn´t quite play out the way Douglas Luiz and Aleix Garcia had planned.In 2016 the Catalan side were promoted to La Liga for the first time in their history, and the assumed wisdom was that they would use their City connection to bulk up the thin squad with young talent in an effort to find the legs necessary to perform in the Spanish top flight.Instead, Pablo Machin stuck with the tried and tested core of players who had earned Girona’s historic promotion in the first place, leaving many of the City players on the bench at best, or at worst in and out of matchday squads as bit-part players. One of the biggest casualties was Douglas Luiz, who played a grand total of two minutes between February 27th and the end of the league season on May 19th. Patrick Roberts has yet to start in La Liga since joining Girona on loan 3 Aleix Garcia started for Girona in their 2-2 draw with Barcelona center_img Douglas Luiz (right) in action for Girona against Lionel Messi’s Barcelona Whether the end target is to impress the people back home at city, or seal a more glamorous move elsewhere in the long-run, the momentous occasion in the Catalan capital will serve as evidence that with patience, the time spent at Girona can pay off for those there on a temporary basis.At a team with an attack-minded coach and limited squad, not much has to change for a place on the bench to become a place in the starting 11.  That message will be particularly pertinent for Patrick Roberts, the other City loanee still biding his time for regular minutes after arriving at Montilivi this year. It could be worth the wait. 3 3last_img read more

first_imgA Letterkenny man has revealed how his mother looked outside her window everyday for three years waiting for her missing son to return before she died.James McGlynn, 56, told a coroner’s court today how he has spent the past 30 years trying to unravel the mystery of his missing brother.The unidentified body of Noel McGlynn has rested in an unmarked grave at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Dunfanaghy since it was washed up on rocks nearby on June 26th, 1983. The body was never identified and the missing man’s brother James has spent all that time trying to prove the body was that of his brother Noel.Noel, who was then 26, went missing after leaving his house at Ballaghderg two weeks beforehand.An earlier inquest finally discovered that samples taken from the body had matched the body with the DNA of the McGlynn family through swabs taken from James McGlynn.A further inquest found that Noel McGlynn died as a result of drowning.Retired Garda Bernard Kelly told the court that dental records had been sent to dentists nationwide while a description of the body was also sent out and as far as Interpol.However he said nothing had come back to identify the body.James McGlynn also revealed in court that another brother had identified the body as NOT being that of the men’s missing brother Noel when he went to the mortuary at Letterkenny General Hospital.However he later admitted that he did not identify the body at all because he did not “have the stomach” to see his brother.James McGlynn told the court that his late mother and father Frances and Charles McGlynn had always waited on their son to return but he never did.“My mother never got over it. She always thought Noel was going to come home. She sat in the window looking out for him to return every single day.“They were always waiting on the knock on the door from Gardai but it never came,” he said.The court heard that Noel McGlynn had been a gifted artist but had destroyed all his artworks and books before he went missing.He had been suffering from depression and had been attending the psychiatric services at St Conal’s Hospital in Letterkenny.However in 2012 DNA samples sent to a laboratory in the United Kingdom returned a positive match with the McGlynn family.Tributes were paid to Gardai and especially to Dr David Barry for his foresight on preserving the tissue samples to allow for DNA analysis at the time.Coroner John Cannon returned a verdict of death by drowning.He pleaded with Mr James McGlynn to get his life back on track and to seek help after suffering from alcoholism.MAN REVEALS HOW MOTHER WAITED AT WINDOW FOR THREE YEARS FOR HER MISSING SON was last modified: April 25th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:James McGlynnNoel McGlynnlast_img read more

first_imgThe NFL’s new “helmet” rule has created angst and confusion throughout the league heading into the first Sunday of the regular season.But once games kick off and the 99th NFL campaign gets underway, in earnest, for the majority of the league, there’s something else I expect the new “helmet” rule to create: more offense.And few teams are better equipped to take advantage than the 49ers and Raiders.The “helmet” rule, which was approved unanimously by NFL owners this past offseason, states that …last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY, Alberta — The much-anticipated rematch featured more talk and little action. Only this time, the Sharks did all the talking, getting their revenge on the Calgary Flames with their play instead of their words and fists.The Sharks and Flames seemed poised for another battle royale in Calgary on Thursday, a continuation of the fisticuffs that dominated their last meeting on Dec. 31 when the clubs combined for 64 penalty minutes in the game’s final 41 seconds. Instead, the Pacific …last_img read more

first_imgServerless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… antone gonsalves Related Posts How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudcenter_img Tags:#cable operators#Cisco#entertainment industry#interactive tv#movie studios#pay-tv#television#TV#TV networks#videoscape unity Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cisco grabbed some of the limelight at the Consumer Electronics Show by unveiling a cloud-based video platform for service providers like cable TV companies. A lot of hubbub was made over technology, which would deliver movies and TV shows on any device at any time. But in all the oohing and aahing over the new product, Cisco and partners left out one important detail: TV lovers will be paying a lot more for these services.Videoscape UnityCisco’s Videoscape Unity is a content-delivery platform for the living room. Software embedded in a set-top box would enable subscribers to watch content from a TV, tablet and smartphone. Cable operators would be able to deliver, for example, a Major League Baseball game on the TV and provide simultaneously stats on the players on an iPad.In addition, the technology would be able to recommend movies and programming based on a person’s TV habits, and a cloud-based digital video recorder (DVR) would let subscribers record content for viewing later from any device. The platform would also have a social media element. Viewers will be able to chat with friends on Facebook and Twitter.For the pay TV industry, Cisco’s platform provides a much better business model for squeezing more money from subscribers. In general, cable operators today charge more by adding channels to packages. However, the cost of content is high and good programming is scarce. Just think of how many times you’ve searched dozens of channels and found nothing you really want to watch.Changing Business ModelsWith technology like Cisco’s, cable operators will have to worry less about the number of channels they offer and focus instead on charging more for the services they provide. For example, European cable operator Liberty Global rolled out last year its Horizon platform that provides similar services to Cisco’s product. Horizon represents a “whole brand new revenue stream,” Balan Nair, chief technology officer for Liberty, says.“With our Horizon product when we launched it, we didn’t have anymore-new channels, but we charged quite a bit more for that product,” Nair said during a panel discussion following Cisco’s announcement. “And it was just based on the fact that you got a whole bunch of new features and some ancillary services.”Using technology to sell more products to subscribers is behind much of the excitement over products like Videoscape Unity. But whatever money comes in won’t go only to the cable operators. Deals will have to be made with movie studios and TV networks, and possibly Apple, which currently dominates the tablet market.With Apple, Nair made it clear that Liberty Global prefers not to offer its service through an app sold in Apple’s App Store. “There’s a whole bunch of other ramifications associated with that, especially in the economics of delivering that content,” he said. Liberty would rather use a browser plug-in to deliver programming via the web.New Content DealsContent providers have already put cable operators on notice that they will need to sign licensing deals to let people watch on multiple devices. New contracts will also be needed, if cable operators plan to let people view programming on a tablet outside of the home.Another issue is whose customer is the viewer? Is it the cable company, the content provider or the TV network? Also, who gets access to valuable information, such as TV habits, and how is revenue from services and advertising shared?“Part of the challenge is how does this stuff get glued together so that it’s intuitive and seamless to the user, understanding the fact that there are business models that are very important that need to exist or change or evolve,” panelist Joe Inzerillo, senior vice president for multimedia and distribution for, said. “This content, this professional content, is not created for free and that’s sort of the elephant in the room. How do you get there?”Until new revenue sharing and licensing agreements are made, it’s unlikely cable operators and content providers will sign up for Cisco’s or any other new platform for TV. For example, Cox is committed to Videoscape Unity, but it hasn’t said whether it would include a cloud-based DVR, according to CNET.Indeed, the use of such a service has been challenged before. In 2007, the TV and movie industry sued Cablevision for launching what it called a “networked DVR.” Instead of having the video recorder functionality within the set-top box, the cable operator stored recorded programming on a remote server, reducing Cablevision’s hardware cost by taking the DVR out of the box.Cablevision won the suit on appeal in 2008, but that has made movie studios and TV networks even more cautious in letting cable operators use the cloud to provide content to subscribers.In time, deals will get made as the home entertainment center evolves from static viewing to a more interactive experience. But as business models are built around services, as well as programming, consumers will have to look at their current cable TV bill and decide how much more they are willing to pay.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

first_imgIf you’re following us on Facebook, you may already know we’re promoting all the good savings messages for America Saves Week. You can also become engaged on Twitter by following the activity tagged with the hashtag #eXasw. Military Saves is a subset promotion of this initative which encourages service members to sign a pledge to make positive financial savings goals. The month-long initiative culminates during the week of Feburary 25.On Tuesday, February 26, join the free 3 Keys to Successful Savings webinar hosted by the University of Florida Extension. This 60 minute session will discuss SMART goals, creating a savings plan, savings tips, and information about savings accounts. One CEU will be offered to participants, and pre-registration is required. Find out more here: read more